Monday, October 20, 2014

Oh, That was Awesome!

On a beautiful fall day, our family went to Cocoa Beach in Florida.  It was about 85 degrees and a perfect occasion to enjoy the calm and consistent waves at the beach.  The water was shallow enough to walk out past the breakers, and many people enjoyed their attempts at surfing the waves.

I love swimming and marched right into the surf.  While I was jumping over and into the waves I thought about how waves develop.

Waves on the beach area are caused by open water waves coming in contact with the bottom as they approach the shore. This causes the waves to rise up until they become a breaker, when the top of the wave falls over itself. The bottom of the wave is dragged by the bottom and also by the undertow of water returning from the beach to open water, while the top of the water keeps moving forward, causing the breaker to curl over itself.
~ Source: The beach

Some waves were higher than others but all of them were a powerful force, and I could feel the back wash under my feet which sometimes was so strong that I lost my balance.  One swell was very high, and I could not jump over it; it completely took me off my feet, and I got swirled under.  I developed great respect for the force of the water and was in awe of the beauty as well as the energy which I received from my bathing experience.

After my invigorating experience I thought some more about how awesome the ocean is with its saltwater’s healing and cleansing effects.  Even getting my hair wet turned out beneficial because of all the minerals in the water; it increased the volume of my hair.  My nostrils felt cleaner, too; they got rinsed with the salt water.  Overall, swimming in the waves gave me a great workout; and I had a few hours visiting a ‘natural spa.’  Walking on the sand was a good massage to my feet.

Of all the experiences in Florida I appreciate going to the beach the most.  It was nice swimming at the resort and going to SeaWorld, but nothing beats swimming in the ocean.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Joy is a Choice

Joy is not a feeling; it is a decision. We become joyful by having someone or something respond to us in a positive way. Joy can only be created in relationship with another person, animal, or object.  Joy is a spiritual value which can only be tapped into when we are connected to the source. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  Joy is more than happiness.  Joy comes from inner contentment and delight.  It is an attitude which we can influence with our mind.  It is not dependent on external circumstances or a time frame.  We experience the greatest joy when we have our own children who resemble us.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
~ Galatians 5:22-23

From an energy point of view, joy is one of the highest frequencies.  In his book Power Vs. Force  David Hawkins (1913-2012) declares only peace and enlightenment as higher vibrations.

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”
~ David R. Hawkins

In the Divine Principle we learn:
“Let us first examine how joy is produced. Joy is not created by the individual alone. Joy comes when we have an object, whether invisible or visible, in which our own character and form are reflected and developed, thus enabling us to feel our own character and form through the stimulation derived from the object.

For example, man feels joy as a creator only when he has an object; that is, when he sees the product of his work, whether it be a painting or sculpture, in which his plan is substantiated. In this way, he is able to feel his own character and form objectively through the stimulation derived from the product of his work. When the idea itself remains in the objective position the stimulation derived from it is not substantial; therefore, the joy derived from it cannot be substantial either. God's joy is produced in the same manner as man's. Therefore, God feels joy when He feels His original character and form objectively through the stimulation derived from His substantial object.”
~ Divine Principle – Purpose of Creation – Sect. 3:2

How does all of this apply to our everyday life?
Joy, being our purpose, becomes a very desirable experience.  I find myself most joyful when I am grateful, content, compassioned and forgiving.  When I am in that state of mind I can easily relate to others, and the activities of the day flow in harmony.  It doesn’t bother me when my granddaughter throws a fit because she wants a cookie before lunch, the car in front of me pulls in my parking lot or that my husband has a different idea on what to eat for dinner.  I can tolerate my environment better, relate to my fellow man and every tasks gives me fulfillment.  I don’t need a certain response in order to be happy because I have the joy inside me, the higher frequency can absorb all kinds of lower vibes.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
~ Nikola Tesla

How do we plug into this joy?
Be aware of your feelings, watch for negative repetitive emotions; transform them into great experiences
Be compassionate
Be creative: bake a cake, paint a picture, or sing a song
Be grateful
Be honest with yourself; live authentic with integrity
Be in awe, appreciate nature
Be inspired (read scriptures, pray, meditate)
Be joyful, laugh, be silly, have fun
Be open to new ideas, possibilities
Be patient, be silent; the answer will come

“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?”
~ Leo Buscaglia

Create awareness, be mindful; pay attention to the present moment
Create belonging (family, friends, and community) be around people who love and respect each other
Create peace and calm for yourself
Create purpose and meaning for your life
Do things you love
Don’t criticize or judge
Face fears, avoid stress
Follow a dream, ideal: live your values

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
~ Psalm 118:24 

Get rid of old belief systems, check your core beliefs
Have positive attitude, be a good-finder
Imaging beautiful things
Let go of hurts and pain, don’t hold grudges; after the darkness there is always light
Listen to harmonious music
Listen to other’s stories, be understanding
Reach out, be kind to others

Because joy is so crucial to a happy life, some people have created the The Joy Project.
Amanda Gore, founder of the Joy Project sees joy as an iceberg - the largest part of the iceberg is the foundation on which joy is built - the tip is what you see!  The website gives many ideas on how to create joy and participate with others in the creation of it.

I am sure there are many more ways to create joy and add them to the above list.  I believe a key to finding joy in one’s life is to connect directly to the source of joy which is in God, the creator of it all.  Let’s spread the joy!


Monday, October 6, 2014

What’s the Name of God?

Name of God
Is it Abba, Almighty, Alpha and Omega, Allah, Brahma, Creator, Divine Power, Divine Presence, Elohim, I AM, Jehovah, Jesus, Lord, Master, Supreme Being, or Yahweh?  I guess, it mostly depends on our religious beliefs what we call the origin of the universe.  Some sources suggest that the "name of God represents his true nature and character".

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain."
~ Exodus 20:7

I call Her/Him: Heavenly Parent
Without going into any religious details I like to suggest: Heavenly Parent; that’s what I call my creator.  Have you ever thought about why you don’t call your parents by their first name?  Father, mother, dad and mom honor the position of the people who gave birth to us.  Through our lives here on earth we become part of a lineage and leave a legacy. Our parents love us, nurture us, guide us, comfort us, and feed us for the formative years of life.

What is the true Nature of God?
God is eternal, infinite, unchanging, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.  Since is invisible, we can fathom His Deity by observing the universe.  St. Paul said:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
~ Roman 1:20

God's Dual Characteristics

What is God’s Character?
God is faithful, forgiving, good, gracious, jealous, just, holy, loving, merciful, patient, righteous, truthful, trusting and wise.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13

Throughout our lives we are to emulate those characteristics to achieve ultimate oneness with Them.  We spend a lifetime to make our parents proud of us; why not give praise and glory to our Heavenly Parent for the present of life. 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.”
~ Joan Rivers or Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, August 18, 2014

Covered By Clouds

Covered by Clouds the sun is still there.  Just because it is a cloudy day we all know that the sun will come out again.  I think that is a good analogy for the existence of God.  It is the veil of ignorance that has clouded our understanding of the reality of our Heavenly Parents.

“There is a veil, a covering cast over all nations and all peoples of all nations.  When that veil shall be removed, there will be no more pain, nor weeping, no sighing, no disease, no suffering, no death.”
~ Isaiah 25:7-9

In many ways the sacred scriptures are introducing mankind to the process of ‘seeing’ the truth.  Mankind has now grown to a point where we all have to become aware of the reality of our own spirituality and life in realms of energy as well as in the world of mechanics.

“We must avoid the paralysis of hypersensitivity which will get nothing done because everything virtually offends somebody.”
~ Dr. Ben S. Carson  (American columnist and retired neurosurgeon)

Considering that we are living in the Age of Responsibility, nobody can force us to believe in God.  This freedom has put many of us on a road of exploration to find our own faith in all different directions.

“The mystery schools have long held and protected the ancient wisdom of the world.”
~ Know Thyself – Mystery School 

Throughout the ages mystery schools have transferred knowledge and wisdom which was often suppressed and rejected by the major religions. Some thought processes like atheism  developed denying the existence of a creator all together.  The schools of mysticism are more tolerant to new ideas and consider themselves agnostics.

“Atheists are forgetting the meaning of freedom -- Nonbelievers seek to impose their values by banning Bibles.”
~ Dr. Ben S. Carson
We Created Our Own God
Is it too much to assume that we created God in our own image?  With all of our shortcomings and the many wars and disasters going on in the world, we have to ask ourselves: who is responsible for it all?  It is part of our human nature to blame others for our own behaviors.  It is therefore only natural to conclude that God has the same fallen natures as man.  How else can we explain that people are fighting each other, killing, lying, and then accuse God?

“Men create their own suffering, their own sickness, and their own miseries.”
~ Michele Longo O'Donnell, The God That We've Created

None-the-less mankind’s ability to understand internal things has grown throughout human history.  Those who achieved a certain awareness recognize that there is only ONE Jesus and ONE Heavenly Parent, so why is there so much division in religions?

“Because the God in whom you believe isn’t real; the God in whom you believe is made up.  It is a God you created out of thin air, having nothing to do with Ultimate reality.”
~ Neil Donald Walsh,  Tomorrow’s God

Religion and Spirituality
“The new spirituality, the transformation of consciousness, is arising to a large extent outside of the structures of the existing institutionalized religious.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

There are numerous teachers today who can guide us into greater spiritual awareness.  Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer are more recent coaches, while Neville Goddard (1905-1972) and Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911) lived a while ago.  Here is a list of some modern day spiritual teachers.

“The more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself; many ‘religious’ people are stuck at that level.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Religion and Science
God is the UltimateScientist.

“Humanity, through religion, has followed the path of searching for internal truth, and through science, has followed the path of seeking external truth. Religion and science, each in their own spheres, have been the methods of searching for truth in order to conquer ignorance and attain knowledge.”
~ Divine Principle – Introduction

Mankind is hard wired to believe in God. Neuroscientists have found and measured chemical changes in the brain when a person is going through religious or spiritual experiences and keep coming back for more.

“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too: to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment: to toe that line.”
~ Henry Thoreau,  (1817-1862) American Poet and Philosopher

We live in a world of cause and effect.  Even those who believe in the “big bang theory” have only a vague idea of how the universe began.

I personally like the ideas expressed in the teaching of the Divine Principle.  Since we are all resultant beings and live in a created universe there has to be an ultimate cause.  Looking at the creation we can learn about the nature of this supreme origin: it occurs in dualities of opposites (like internal and external, positive and negative); it exists in relationships (all creatures are interconnected and depending on each other’s survival), and above all this being is our parent.  This is where Jesus comes in to teach us about the love this Heavenly Parent has for us.  As the Messiah he came as the savior for all mankind to reconnect us to our original source.  In the Principle we also learn about the process through which mankind was separated from God and the history of restoration (salvation).

“Nature speaks in symbols and in signs.”
~ John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1897), American Quaker Poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery

This is a video giving an explanation of how people experience and learn about God.

The narrator gives four points of why people belief in God:

1.    Religious upbringing

2.    Conversion or personal religious experience

3.    Argument of Causation (law of cause and effect)

4.    Argument of Design (creation needs a creator—art needs an artist)

After looking outward for so long, it is time to look inward.  We are all in this search for awareness and spiritual growth. This is a great period to go deeper into the spiritual teachings and reconnect with our Heavenly Parent. Maybe the sun will shine for you too.


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Heart of My Country

At Sunday service this Sunday, we sang the song: The Heart of My Country.  The words were by Hillie Edwards, an early Unification member.  The tune is an old English hymn.  Here are the words:

The Heart of my country beckons to me to fill its emptiness.
My Father long has spoken to me, His desire this land to bless.
He sends me on to life unknown, to work in a far off place.
He loves that land before I come, and through me He'll give it grace.

The truth is sought by ev'ryone in many a diff'rent way.
In darkness children seek the path that will hasten in the day.
Through struggles of the cent'ries long they have never ceased to fight
Our Father's will has kept them strong, and through Him they'll live in light

Now brothers, sisters all join hands to encircle all the earth.
The time has come for all mankind to know the world's rebirth.
Whatever we do, wherever we go, we are all in one embrace.
When we roll the clouds of dark away, we will see His shining face.

This song was very appropriate for the successful completion of the God’s Hope for America Tour.  We used to sing it a lot in the 1970’s during seminars and Sunday services.  It is even more suitable today, where some of us feel that we have lost the heart of our country.

This is the only nation in the world where people can worship freely, express their opinions and follow their dreams, disregarding their gender, religion, skin color, or social status.  Coming from another country (I am now a U.S. citizen) I cannot understand people who come over here and trying to implement the same laws and social status they have had in their country of origin.  If they liked that so much, they should have stayed over there.  This country is great because of its tradition of giving freedom and the pursuit of happiness to all its citizens.  It is our right based on the constitution.  For those who think that they have to change the constitution, they should go back to their home country or maybe check out North Korea.

I have also wondered why modern-day pastors and churches are so silent regarding political issues and why leaders are keeping their flock deliberately in the dark.
When I learned about a research done by the Barna Group that discovered that it has been decades since even a sizeable minority of pastors have bothered to educate and inform their congregations as to the Biblical principles relating to America’s political, cultural, and societal lives, I was truly amazed.  Why are religious leaders more interested in “being successful” as a congregation than serving their God?

Barna cites five reasons:
*Giving (money)
*Number of programs
*Number of staff
*Square footage (of facilities)

Barna believes that America’s malaise is directly due to the deliberate disobedience of America’s pastors--and the willingness of the Christians in the pews to tolerate the disobedience of their pastor. WOW.

For that I truly appreciated the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s teachings who always shared with us history and modern day situations from the providential point of view.  That’s why his teaching of God’s Hope for America and America is God’s Hope is still relevant for today.

If we take this country and its historical mission for granted and squander the blessings which God has bestowed upon this country, there is no other place to go to.  Let us rally together to bring God back into our churches, our schools, our government and above all into the hearts of all legal American residents.

Monday, August 4, 2014

What I Learned from my Granddaughter; Now that she is Two

I baby sit my granddaughter Jaya two days a week, but we live in the same household all the time.  Therefore, I have had some time to watch her and am quite impressed with her human skills.

Her favorite question right now is: why?  That’s very normal for a two year old.  She is very curious about many things.  As you notice her question is not: how but why.  That’s what impresses me because she has her own ways and means to get what she wants.  She has a very demanding way of saying: come, grandma, come. Or she puts up that mischievous smile which nobody can resist.

“A child is an exquisite attention-getting device, designed to sound an alarm at the first indication that he will be forgotten or relegated to a position where he does not count.  She needs the care and attention of strong, competent people to make it through, and nature obliges by endowing him with enough fear and aggression to stimulate to hold on fiercely to sources of viability.  His education in the ways of relationship sets him the primary task of understanding hierarchy, assessing where the power is, and learning what he must do to be accepted.  A child’s ability to control his position and the attention of others is critical, much more important than control is for the average adult on an average day.”
~ The Art of Possibility - Benjamin and Rosamund Zanders, Rule Number 6

Smirk or not, she likes to make friends with other kids when we go to the playground or to other public places.

Her favorite game right now is: hide and go seek.  She still has the notion that when she covers her eyes that I will not see her.  Because of that our hiding places are endless: in the garden, in the house, or in public places.

Her language skills are increasing daily.  She is like a parrot or a tape recorder, repeating many of the sentences we say.  Obviously, she does not get all the pronunciations right but it is cute to hear big people words in her high pitch voice.

She has an unlimited imagination and plays by herself with her doll, her puzzles, her little kitchen stove and other small objects like rocks and sticks by lining them up in a row or sort them by colors.

When she gets hurt or has something wrong with her foot or her things, she comes right away to express her dismay.  When we were trying to go out one day, and I discovered that we didn’t have her car seat, she was grunting and raving for the longest time: the car seat is lost, oh, no.

Jaya is a really hard worker.  She always wants to help. The other day I was moving some dirt in the garden with a spate.  Before I knew it, she brought her little play shovel from the sandbox and was carrying dirt with me.

Above all she is a great sheer leader and brings a lot of joy and laughter to our household.

I hope you have a two-year old around your house or close by for you to experience all the fun you can have with little kids.

Monday, July 28, 2014

God's Hope for America #II

America cannot win this battle alone. She needs God. In this test you cannot win without God who is the foundation of all truth, and all true ideology. A confrontation is inevitable between the two worlds -- the God-affirming world and the God-denying world. This is a confrontation of ideology. Therefore, as a champion of God, America must win ideologically over atheistic communism on the worldwide scale, with the unity of all races and nationalities. Our faith in God must be stronger than their faith in communism. America must win in the name of God. Thus God would establish the "Foundation of the New World Ideology" in a higher dimension.

The American forefathers fled from religious persecution in Europe, came to the new world, and in the spirit of building "One Nation Under God" they brought about a new nation here in America which is now at the threshold of her third century. In a similar way today, people are fleeing from the communist world of slavery to the free world. Many were persecuted for their religious beliefs and ideological differences. The time has come to unite them to build a new world centered upon God. United, the free world must liberate the enslaved communist world. This time our task is to build "One World Under God."

To do this, Christianity of the world must unite. The church must liberate herself from sectarianism. She must undergo a drastic reform, and achieve an ecumenical and an inter-religious unity. For this, we need a spiritual revolution. We need a new ideology, and this new ideology must incorporate Oriental philosophy, uniting the cultures of the East and the West.
“If there is an illness in your home, do you not need a doctor from outside? If your home catches on fire, do you not need fire fighters from outside? God has sent me to America in the role of a doctor, in the role of a fire fighter. That is why I have come to America. Good medicine may taste bitter, and an operation may involve some pain, but the treatment must begin at once. Should a patient complain and push away the doctor's hand when he touches the infected part?”
~ Sun Myung Moon

This new ideology will also be capable of unifying all the existing religions and ideologies of the world. Therefore, it has come in the form of a new religious or spiritual movement. The Unification Church movement has been created by God to fulfill that mission. This spiritual movement must first succeed here in America in order to spread throughout the world. The new ideology which the Unification Church brings is Godism, an absolutely God-centered ideology. It has the power to awaken America, and it has the power to raise the model of the ideal nation of God upon this land.

With that done, the rest of the world will follow America's example and will build the Kingdom of God upon their respective lands. Then we shall all truly become brothers and sisters under one Father, God. This will be a world of love, a world of happiness. Our planet will be one home, and mankind will be one family. God's will, His long-cherished desire from the beginning of time will finally be fulfilled. This will be the eternal, ideal world of God. Indeed, it will be the Kingdom of God on earth. We will build it with our hands.
This is our supreme mission. It is truly our God-given, sacred mission. God is crying out to the world, and we are His instruments. The world must respond to His call. Listen to God's commandment. Initiate a courageous march towards the Kingdom of God on earth. Whatever the difficulty, let it not stop us. Our march is God's, and it will go on to the end.

My beloved citizens of America, today let us pledge to God Almighty our loyalty and dedication to the fulfillment of this divine mission. Ladies and gentlemen, in the name of God, let us unite, and together build the Kingdom of God on earth!

Let us together give our united thanks to God. In the name of the people of the world, may I congratulate you on the 200th birthday of the great nation of America. May God bless you, and may God bless America and her third century.

~ Reverend Sun Myung Moon - June 1, 1976 - Yankee Stadium

This past week I participated in a rally in Cleveland.  The occasion was the commemoration of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s work here in America.  In 1965, Rev. Moon came to America to establish “Holy Grounds” in 55 different locations all throughout this country.  He had brought soil and rocks from his homeland Korea to connect these two countries together, for God to have a solid ground to stand on.  In Cleveland that place in near The Museum of Art.
The gathering was planned for 1:00 PM.  As everybody started to arrive including the bus from the God’s Hope for America tour, about a hundred people started singing.  We even had some blessing from above in form of a drizzling rain.  None-the-less, the spirit was high and we raised our voices to the Lord.  We listened to a few testimonies, as well as the above excerpt of Rev. Moon’s proclamation from 1976.

In the afternoon, we all drove to Columbus where we had a banquet at the local church.  Members and participants of the bus tour were treated to a wonderful array of American, Japanese and Chinese foods.  The singing, the music, and especially the speakers, all contributed to a meaningful evening.  We all could feel the hope God has for this country.  When people of all different backgrounds and religious affiliations gather, God can see his vision for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth being realized.